The Global Jugaad Commons: Cross-pollinating Concepts across Cultures
Shruthi Baskaran, Gunjan Malekar, and Khanjan Mehta
NCIIA Annual Meeting, San Francisco
Baskaran, S., Malekar, G., Mehta, K. “The Global Jugaad Commons: Cross-pollinating Concepts across Cultures”, NCIIA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, March 2012
Innovation manifests itself in myriad forms in developing communities. A dialogue on developmental entrepreneurship requires us to conceptualize and operationalize innovation as defined by the people. Using provisional narratives, the Global Jugaad Commons (GJC) aims to understand how youth in developing communities across five countries perceive innovation, and illustrate how cultural mechanisms and communal context bias the unique circumstances that lead to innovative solutions for individual or community needs. This project aims to create a repository of innovation snapshots, which along with the research findings will inform and inspire innovation by cross-pollinating concepts across cultures. Our team has interviewed over 280 youth across rural and urban areas of Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Nicaragua, with 120 interviews planned in resource-constrained areas in the United States. This paper discusses the conceptual framework, methodology, and preliminary findings that explore innovation and the way it is perceived and practiced in five distinct contexts.
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